Flurry of accidents mars Friday commute | AspenTimes.com

Flurry of accidents mars Friday commute

Three accidents over a 75-minute period at the intersection of Highway 82 and Brush Creek Road apparently did very little damage to the Friday morning commute, although two or three vehicles may not have fared as well.

All three accidents occurred in the upvalley lanes, just a few hundred yards from the intersection. No one was badly injured, although one person went to the hospital with neck pains.

In all three cases, according to Colorado State Trooper Eric Miller, the crashes occurred when traffic was lining up to wait for the light to change.

The first accident was at 7:45 a.m., when the driver of a large pickup truck piled into the back of a late model Honda. “The driver who was at fault lost his brakes,” Miller said. “He apparently hit the brake pedal and it went all the way to the floor.”

The driver of Honda was transported by ambulance to Aspen Valley Hospital after complaining of neck pain. Miller said he was treated and released. His car sustained heavy damage to its back end and had to be towed from scene.

The second accident occurred at about 8:30 a.m., right before Miller arrived to investigate the first. The driver of a Honda Accord apparently looked away from the road to have a bite of breakfast, Miller said, and plowed into a Subaru Legacy, which rolled into the back of a minivan.

The Honda and the Subaru were both badly damaged. The minivan was driven away from the scene with only minor damage, Miller said.

The third accident, shortly before 9 a.m., involved a 16-year-old boy who lost his attention long enough to ram his Mitsubishi Montero into the back of a large flatbed truck. The truck was not damaged, but the Mitsubishi sustained heavy damage to its front end.

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